Previous Presentations – With Associated Recordings and Corresponding Materials

Below is an inventory of our past presentations and many have links to corresponding recordings, PowerPoint presentations, and other materials.

Inaugural Annual Get-Together on Sept 9, 2023 Was Loads of Fun!

Our HLAA DownEast Chapter had its first annual ‘in person’ gathering at Riverfront Barbecue & Grille in Augusta and it was a wonderful luncheon!  Ten of  us made the long haul from our distant Maine towns and we were all glad we did.

Riverfront was marvelous to turn off the loud background music, the service was fantastic, the food was delicious, and we were able to re-arrange the furniture to help meet our needs as ..,.
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August 15, 2023, in person,  `How Hearing Loss Affects Family Life` by Pat Dobbs.

Pat led a lively discussion about how we deal with hearing loss at home. Link to slides will be posted here soon.

Thanks to the Ellsworth Public Library for providing  the room and visual equipment.

June 8, 2023, online Zoom meeting, ‘Our Hearing Loss Challenges, Solutions, etc.’ moderated by Pat Dobbs.

Click here to watch the Zoom recording, which is captioned. Use passcode: ^tt0WCDD.

You can download the recording’s audio + video files from that link, however, the full transcript and chat are not yet available as txt files.

We had a lively Q&A discussion about handling challenges. Many of the solutions apply to multiple challenges and enhance the clarity of communication for hearing folks too.
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May 16, 2023, in-person `Living With Hearing Loss` by Margaret Myatt.

We learned quite a few things from Margaret, VP of HLAA Downeast Chapter, and Debra Bare-Rogers of Disability Rights Maine  during this 1 hour session. Handouts for various resources were made available at this meeting.

Thanks to the Louis T Graves Memorial Public Library of Kennebunkport, ME, for providing space for this session.  [Read more…]

April 13, 2023, online G-Meet. `Cochlear Implant Candidacy and Support` presented by Carla White, AuD.  Zoom, not recorded. 

Topics included:

  • what is a cochlear implant (c.i.) and its history,
  • how to determine whether this hearing technology will help you, and
  • how to get support if you get a c.i. (e.g., SayWhatClub).

The important takeaway is that a cochlear implant is a treatment rather than a cure, and getting a c.i. is a journey (often 6 months per ear) which differs for everyone.
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February 9, 2023 – Zoom meeting.  ‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Hearing Aids’ presented by Larry Medwetsky, Ph.D.

December 15, 2022 – In-person meeting, Ellsworth, Maine.  ‘Strategies For Dealing With the Holidays’ presented by Pat Dobbs.

December 8, 2022 – Zoom meeting.  ‘Understanding Your Audiogram’ presented by Brad Ingrao.

October 6, 2022 – In-person meeting, Ellsworth, Maine.  Open forum about living with hearing loss chaired by  Pat Dobbs.

September 29, 2022Zoom meeting.  2022 HLAA Convention highlights presented by Margaret Myatt

June 17, 2022In-person meeting, Ellsworth, Maine. Introductions and open discussion chaired by Pat Dobbs.
May 26, 2022Zoom meeting.  Introductions and open discussion chaired by Pat Dobbs. Well attended considering this was our very first public meeting.